CHINA TRIP REFLECTIONS

Hello!
We are happy to be back in Hawaii. If you know me at all, you know what this face means. It means I'm very happy. It is in the middle of the night over here and I am wide awake because I slept 16 hours last night! Didn't wake up until 3:30 in the afternoon. Talk about bad case of jet lag.
We flew with Philippine Airlines and stayed in hotels most of the time. The city can get expensive fast, so plan ahead. Visiting the Philippines, Hong Kong and China was awesome. We were able to make great connections and see and do great things. Although it was different from the typical traveling triplet style, we are still happy to share our experiences with you so you too can plan a trip someday. You don't have to be rich, you don't have to be jobless/childless/college-less... whatever. If you plan wisely and prepare, you can do it. Our last few days in Hong Kong were spent on a backpacker budget. We were able to find a cheap hostel as well as cheap food to eat. In the city, that can be difficult. You also have to be willing to step outside your comfort zone and maybe stay somewhere or eat something you usually might not.
I personally struggled with the abundance of seafood and felt like the pickiest eater on the planet. Some of you might think I'm crazy because you love seafood, but I prefer not to see eye balls, tentacles with suction cups, scales, and legs in my food. You get the gist, and that's not even including the smell and texture of seafood that scares me away. I will say though, I tried shrimp AND fish and I liked it!
We got around mostly by subway, bus, tram, taxi and ferry on occasion. The public transit is cheap and easy to figure out even with the language barrier. There are almost always signs and friendly people who know English that are willing to help. Don't be afraid to ask. We found that most people know some English but might be afraid to use it and shy away if you ask. Others will approach you if you look lost, and that is helpful.
Quick tip: keep your valuables ON YOUR BODY AT ALL TIMES! No matter what the circumstance. We learned this the hard way and got some things stolen. It's not surprising to get ripped off here and there, you just have to accept that and move on. Don't be too paranoid that you can't enjoy yourself or trust anybody; just be smart.
It might seem like in the city all there is to do is shop and eat. We were able to find the more "traditional China" in theme parks, gardens, parks and tourist attractions amidst the busy city or just a bus ride away. Hopefully we have showed you there is more. Go ahead, start saving your moneys and prepare for a real adventure.
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3 comments on CHINA TRIP REFLECTIONS

  1. this is awesome, megs! i LOVE it! that last buddha picture is super awesome! he is a bodhissatva seeking enlightenment, and that mudra means something i just cant think of it right now heehee. love buddhism. you guys are super cute - great post!

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  2. Great photos, i really like the last one! Looks like you had a GREAT trip, and i am happy you made it back safe:)

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  3. so fun megs! looks and sounds awesome. all good tips too :)

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